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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and practical guide to setting up a CM system., February 25, 1999
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This book explains the theory but includes plenty of examples of how to set up an Engineering Document Control, or Configuration Management (CM) system. The examples in the text focus on an imaginary manufacturing company. The text does include some mention of tailoring a CM system for software developers.
The text is crisp and the books organization clear and logical. One of the last chapters includes what is essentially a checklist of how to put together a CM system.
This is not a one size fits all system. The user must use the material in the book as a guide to tailor a CM system to their company's requirements.
Overall an indispensable book for someone trying to set up or overhaul a CM system. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inroduction to CM, June 7, 2001
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This review is from: Engineering Documentation Control Handbook, 2nd Ed.: Configuration Management for Industry (Hardcover)
Unlike the vast majority of books available on configuration management, this book, as the title suggests, focuses entirely on configuration management in industry. Throughout the book, the author focuses on a simplified, fast configuration management system that exceeds DoD standards. This book, in the chapters titled Change Control and Fast Change, has an exceptional explanation of how to handle configuration modifications. In these chapters the author gives a detailed description of how to set up a system that allows the fastest possible changes to take place. Also, many case studies are given in these sections which provide further insight as to how to implement the correct system for a given situation. Overall, the book is very easy to understand, and serves as an excellent introduction and handbook to a configuration management system for industry.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Industry Configuration Management Resource..., December 26, 2001
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This review is from: Engineering Documentation Control Handbook, 2nd Ed.: Configuration Management for Industry (Hardcover)
...but not for Software CM.
As the title says, this is an Industry CM book. If your need is for Software CM, this book can be used for general CM concepts and background (and to develop a strong understanding of CM principles), but no more (get a software-specific CM/release management book instead). Only a few brief mentions of application of these concepts to software CM. If your need is for doc. control/industry CM, then this is probably an ideal book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering Documentation, September 28, 2005
I am a British Chartered Engineer working mainly in Blue Chip energy-related companies. I have just started using this book in my work and find it strongly re-enforces my passion for excellent documentation and design management. It is clearly the current 'bible' for Engineering Documentation Control and is extremely valuable in showing how to climb the 'Configuration Management Ladder' (page 8). It cuts away the dross and complexity that is plentiful nearly everywhere else. So many of us technologists and managers are struggling with hugely powerful new computer packages that integrate most processes in our companies. This is one of the very few books to chart our course and give us a chance of a reliable way through to simplicity, speed and profitability that are so often promissed but so rarely fully attained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on the subject, November 24, 2010
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This review is from: Engineering Documentation Control Handbook, 2nd Ed.: Configuration Management for Industry (Hardcover)
Bought this book when I first got into documentation control and configuration management. Best buy I ever made. I constantly refer to it when explaining the subject. Very well written. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know how this stuff works.
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